Question....why are there so many "mouth breathers" walking around these days devoid of common sense to one degree or another?
Example: The World Rally Championship (WRC) is a car racing series against a clock, along often-unpaved rural roads. Cars can go 80+ mph and slide sideways around corners, kicking up clouds of dirt and rocks in the process. The crazy part is that spectators often stand literally a few feet away as the cars go whizzing past.
Should anyone be surprised when sadly, on occasion, a driver loses control and crashes into the spectators with the "ring side seats"?
Do the spectators have a right to stand that close? Yes, I suppose they do. But wouldn't common sense suggest it wasn't a smart thing to do?
Many years ago my ex and I traveled to Chicago together to show our support for our daughter who was graduating from Naval Basic Training. It was in December, and while we were there, my ex did some Christmas shopping.
As we were going through airport security on our way back to Dallas, the screener said she would need to see inside the wrapped packages. When my ex protested, considering she had paid to have them professionally gift wrapped, the screener asked what was inside, and with more than a little sarcasm, my ex replied, "a bomb". (NOTE: This was prior to 9/11)
Of course I took three steps back and was prepared to swear I had never seen this woman before in my life. But the screener correctly deduced that the ex at times (usually those requiring common sense) had an elevator that stopped a few floors shy of the penthouse, and waved her/us through.
(For the record my ex is definitely NOT a mouth breather, but is in fact extremely smart.)
Did my ex have a right to say that? I suppose so. (Remember, this was before 9/11.) But wouldn't common sense suggest it wasn't a smart thing to do?
And just this week, a student at an Irving, TX high school built a digital clock from assorted electronic parts and took it to school in a briefcase to show his science teacher.
Even after his science teacher cautioned him that he probably shouldn't be taking it around school, he did anyway, which eventually got him pulled from class, briefly arrested, and expelled from school for three days.
Now I understand this was just a 14-year-old kid, and his "common sense" gene probably hadn't yet fully developed, but shouldn't his parents have had enough common sense to see how his contraption might...just might...be confused for a bomb? Without the usual tell-tale signs such a digital readout, it wasn't readily apparent to a layman that it was a clock.
Of course, the fact that the student was Muslim has made his situation a viral sensation, many saying that it was all just a blatant case of Islamophobia.
So did this student have the right to take his project to school? I suppose so. After all, it was just a clock. But wouldn't it have been wise for him to leave it in his locker, or in the science class? Wouldn't common sense suggest this wasn't a smart thing to do, carrying it to other classes, considering the shell-shocked, violence-filled world we live in today?
Just because you CAN do something doesn't mean you SHOULD. Just sayin'.